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Accompanied with the tag-line "Go for the canal. Stay for everything else" - the New York Times lists Panama as #1 in their annual Places to Go feature for … Author Jarm Del Boccio Less than 24 hours to go! We are feverishly getting ready for our trip. Since Olivia and I have special food needs, it is necessary to bring our snacks and meals with us, because they cannot … Author Mary Jo Gilsdorf Final farewells were said amongst new friends and off we went, back to our homes, laden with coffee, chocolate and memories of a lifetime. Author Mary Jo Gilsdorf The way back to San Jose, brought the opportunity to reflect and acknowledge the new friends we made, the new memories we have to cherish. So many more things to share about this wonderful trip … Author Torrey Ebaugh The alarm went off incredibly early for us to meet our 4 a.m. transport to the airport. Again, way too short a stay in San Jose and the Hotel Le Bergerac. Ah well, perhaps the measure of a … Author Mary Jo Gilsdorf Our last National Park to visit on this trip. Our last full day of orchid hunting. And you know what they say - save the best for last! A short walk from the hotel to the gates of the Park, its … Author Amy Sonbuchner This morning we wake up early as we need to disembark before 9:00am.
We feel hesitant to leave the boat and our friends. While Antarctica is no longer uncharted land, it was still uncharted by us. … Author Torrey Ebaugh We have a busy day planned for our last full day in Costa Rica. This morning we are kayaking in the Hatillo Mangroves then we will be setting off for San Jose. When we met our guide we were … Author Mary Jo Gilsdorf We embark upon another full day; not to be outdone by the day before. We headed south and west leaving the rainbows of Monteverde behind, and traveled into the drier regions within sight of the … Author Amy Sonbuchner We wake up around 7:00am and see the big cliffs of Cape Horn, Chile from our balcony. Landings at Cape Horn are expensive and quite infrequent. Our cruise company must contract a Chilean captain to … Author Torrey Ebaugh Bright and early, our guide Erick met us for our BIG snorkel day. As we headed south towards Sierpe, I was hoping our guide would know something about the stone spheres that were unique to the area. … Author Mary Jo Gilsdorf The next day brought nicer weather and we filled the morning in what was the best orchid garden we had seen so far in Costa Rica. Not only were the owners sticklers for proper identification (they … Author Amy Sonbuchner So far the Drake Passage is uneventful. We attend a lecture on bird migration and go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen. It looks like a challenging work environment and makes me appreciate … Author Torrey Ebaugh The free time before our ocean kayak expedition gave us the perfect opportunity to check out the ocean. We set off down the road, past all the surfing schools to find a spot to do a bit of body … Author Mary Jo Gilsdorf After the exploits of the day before, the day of travel to Monteverde, was welcomed. It was a rainy day - December is at the crossroads between the rainy and dry season so it was a good day to travel … Author Amy Sonbuchner We are lucky to be awake while entering the portal to Deception Island, as the weather ends up turning for the worst a few hours later when we exit. Deception Island is a sunken volcano and creates a … Author Torrey Ebaugh As hard as it was to leave this beautiful mountain retreat, we were all excited to head to the coast. Before we arrived at the ocean, we stopped at Hacienda Baru for a visit to the Butterfly habitat … Author Mary Jo Gilsdorf This was the granddaddy of trails we had been training for! Though we probably should have taken to the ski slopes instead of treadmills to train. We arrived and the trail was muddy. Not just a … Author Marnie Green When we awoke on New Year's Day, the beach was packed with children and families. It seems that they arrived during the night by the busload from Managua, Granada, and all across Nicaragua. The … Author Amy Sonbuchner This morning we look outside and see the sun shining, and the water is so still it looks like a mirror. The water is so still because we are in Neko Harbour, which is a small bay indenting the shore … Author Torrey Ebaugh We began our New Year by travelling up the road to see if we could find the Resplendent Quetzal. Our guide Melvin was an expert on all the birds in the area. Just driving up the road, he named … Author Mary Jo Gilsdorf After an early morning walk through the forest and a sighting of Miltonia powellii in bloom, we embarked for Arenal Volcano and environs. Soon, we would take on the challenge of the Rio Celeste …
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